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December 16, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda

Centenarian attributes longevity to being neighbour’s keeper

Source: Antigua Observer Impressive warri player Majorie Edwards Abbott can defeat any challenger, and that is exactly what she did yesterday while celebrating her 103rd birthday. When asked by this reporter what was the secret to her longevity, she smiled sweetly and whispered, “Love the Lord, live good with people, and God will…

CARICOM wants member states removed from EU blacklist

Source: Antigua Observer The European Union’s (E.U.) recent blacklisting of several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries for being “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions” has gone beyond international norms and they should be removed from the list, according to Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM’s Secretary-General. The SG’s condemnation came during the accreditation of new ambassador of France to CARICOM,…

Accused murderer in court on Monday

Source: Antigua Observer Murder accused, Shal-om Bailey, will be taken to court next week to face the charge against him. Bailey, 24, was charged this week for the murder of Charlesworth Richards Jr., who was gunned down in June this year at Ras Freeman Estate in Liberta. The Donovans man is scheduled to…

Still on the run: see something, say something

Source: Antigua Observer The police last night issued a fresh appeal for 23-year-old Delano Forbes to surrender to them for questioning about the latest killing in Swetes. The All Saints youth is being sought for the stabbing death of Swetes resident Wilfred Williams whose body was found in a latrine pit on Wednesday.…

CDB releases US $29M for Irma recovery efforts

Source: Antigua Observer The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a U.S. $29 million loan to help Antigua and Barbuda’s recovery efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Irma in September. A release from the bank stated that the money will be used to reconstruct critical infrastructure in the transportation, education, water, sanitation, and…

Wanted for ATM tampering

Source: Antigua Observer Police are seeking the assistance of the public in identifying this man and knowing his whereabouts. He is wanted in connection with allegations of Fraud. It is alleged that he was seen tampering with two ATM Machines in two separate locations on the island, Friday evening. Anyone with information is…

Caribbean's Tourism Return Shows It Is Open and Has Something for Everyone

Source: Antigua Chronicle Billions of people now know that the Caribbean is open because of the multifaceted, million-dollar campaign by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association representing the mutual interests of the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America. The Association’s “Caribbean Is Open” campaign generated…

CARIBBEAN-TRADE-WTO talks collapse, Caribbean disappointed

Source: Antigua Observer Caribbean countries have expressed disappointment at the collapse of talks towards a final outcome document at the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). “The reality is that we’ve had countries take entrenched positions, and unless we are prepared to be flexible, we will not come to…

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on May 19

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, will marry on Saturday May Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, fifth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, who stars in the U.S. TV legal drama “Suits”, announced their engagement last month with the marriage to take place in St George’s Chapel…

Bitcoin hits new record high as warnings grow louder

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (Reuters) – Bitcoin blasted to another all-time high of almost $18,000 on the Bitstamp exchange on Friday, up 9 percent on the day, as warnings grew over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument. The cryptocurrency’s staggering recent price rises — more than 1,700 percent…

UPP National Vision Forum Set for Tonight at Freedom Hall

Source: Antigua Chronicle The UPP will launch the National Vision Forum, a community-wide discussion series aimed at promoting the Party’s Policy PLATFORMS. Political Leader, Senator Harold Lovell and his team, will present the UPP’s transformative development agenda under the theme TALENTS: A NEW PERSPECTIVE. This town hall style meeting, will provide a dynamic,…

(VIDEO) UB40 Come Back Darling Filmed in Antigua

Source: Antigua Chronicle UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, filmed a new music video for their Greatest Album hit Come Back Darling in a bid to reassure Brits that the region is ready for tourists to ‘come back’ following a concerted recovery effort. Virgin Holidays Managing Director, Joe Thompson, said: “Virgin Holidays…

First Road Project Stakeholder Consultation Dubbed a ‘Great Success’

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Ministry of Works and Housing’s Project Implementation Unit is calling its first major stakeholder public consultation a great success. The event recently held at the Multipurpose Cultural Center attracted representatives from more than 28 businesses and organizations. The discussion centered on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Road Infrastructure…

FEATURE: The Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Source: Antigua Chronicle They are ostracized by our society, labelled as slow, retarded, handicapped and often treated less than humans, even by their own family members. Simply because they may not be able to communicate or comprehend like we do, they are viewed as an embarrassment, while others give them things out of…

CISCO and DIGICEL Frame Agreement to Accelerate Digital Transformation in the Caribbean, Central America

Source: Antigua Chronicle Cisco, the worldwide technology leader, and Digicel, a major telecommunication services provider covering a wide territory in the Caribbean, have signed a Caribbean Countries Digitalization the “Frame Agreement”) outlining their objectives and strategic plans for accelerating the digital agenda and existing digitization policies for 26 countries in the Caribbean and…

Police charge Shalom Bailey with the murder of Charlesworth Richards Jr.

Source: Antigua Observer Police have charged 24yr old Shalom Bailey of Donovans with the murder of Charlesworth Richards Jr. late of Liberta.  Richards was shot and killed at Ras Freeman, Liberta on 21st June of this year. Shalom Bailey Link: Police charge Shalom Bailey with the murder of Charlesworth Richards Jr.

Wanted: Delano Forbes

Source: Antigua Observer Police are in search for Delano Forbes of All Saints, who is wanted in connection with the recent homicide in Swetes. Police are appealing for Forbes to surrender himself immediately at any police station. Any member of the public with information as to his whereabouts can contact the Criminal Investigations…

Missing man, suspected homicide

Source: Antigua Observer A missing persons probe turned into a suspicious death investigation following the discovery of the body of Wilfred “Bongo” Williams. He was found slumped inside a latrine that was nailed shut. Up until around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, four days after Williams left his Swetes Village home and vanished without a…

Editorial: A bit of ‘mansplaining’

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne seems to have evoked an unexpected and unwanted response to his explanation of how his wife, Maria Bird-Browne, was able to secure the candidacy of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) for the Rural East constituency.   It appears that the women of this country were…

No clear date for re-opening of schools on Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer Government officials are yet to make a decision as to when regular classes will resume at Sir McChesney George Secondary School – three months after sections of the educational plant was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. John Mussington, the principal of the school, disclosed yesterday that several things are required before…

Obamacare sign-ups rise but overall enrollment set to fall

Source: Antigua Observer NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment, the government said on Wednesday, but it did not appear to be enough to grow the program. The Trump administration has worked to…

U.S. Republicans craft tax deal, final votes seen next week

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans. Under an agreement between the House of Representatives…

Editorial: The days of our economic lives

Source: Antigua Observer The response to our political satire poking fun at the soap-opera-like drama surrounding the prospective candidacies of the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party hopefuls in the St. John’s Rural East constituency was quite heartening. Seems, many of the readers enjoyed the allusion to popcorn and soda as well as the intrigue,…

Volunteers encouraged to join Red Cross Zika prevention efforts

Source: Antigua Observer The Red Cross of Antigua and Barbuda is calling on volunteers to join its Zika prevention efforts on Saturday through the Villa community clean-up. Collan Moore, acting Zika coordinator for the humanitarian group told OBSERVER media yesterday that residents and community groups are being encouraged to meet the clean-up team…

Sir Lester sets sight on political retirement

Source: Antigua Observer Some two months shy of his eightieth birthday, Sir Lester Bryant Bird has announced that he will be leaving the political scene at the end of his current term as the ravages of old age take their toll on his body. The former prime minister, National Hero, and representative of…

Climate-smart focus on Barbuda’s agricultural recovery

Source: Antigua Observer Four regional and international agricultural agencies are collaborating to help restore Barbuda’s agricultural sector with emphasis on climate change resilience. Garden Pool, an international public charity based in Arizona, and another agency, Pasture Manage-ment, will be working with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Caribbean Agricultural…

Barbuda Land Act gets first reading in Parliament

Source: Antigua Observer The first reading of the Barbuda Land (Amendment) Act was done in the Lower House yesterday, signalling the seriousness of the government when it said it will amend the 2006 law. But, Barbuda MP Arthur Nibbs, the man who was supposed to move the Bill was notably absent, like he…

Digicel Unwraps the Gift that Keeps On Giving this Xmas

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Gift of TV on the Go gives customers one hour FREE streaming to enjoy their favourite content on With the happiest time of the year just around the corner and everyone getting busy making their Christmas wish lists, Digicel is offering up the ultimate Christmas gift for its customers…

Early Christmas at Care Project

Source: Antigua Chronicle It was an early Christmas for the residents and staff of the CARE Project as the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda and a visitor from the North Pole made a courtesy call to the Care Giving Institution on Tuesday for the annual Christmas program. The festivities got underway with…

Cable & Wireless Announces John Reid, CEO to Step Down

Source: Antigua Chronicle Cable & Wireless Communications (“C&W”) today announced that John Reid will step down from the position of CEO in early 2018. An announcement on C&W’s incoming CEO will be made in due course, and until that time, Reid will remain in the post and will support the transition to new…

House of Representatives to discuss Seven Bills today

Source: Antigua Chronicle Seven Bills are on the Order Paper down for discussions when the House of Representatives meets today. Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne will move the second and third readings of the Tax Administration and Procedure Bill, the Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (Amendment) Bill, and the Automatic Exchange and…

Sandals Resorts Honored at World Travel Awards

Source: Antigua Chronicle Sandals Resorts International (SRI) was honored with prestigious recognition at the international 24th Annual World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony, held on December 10, 2017 at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Vietnam. The Luxury Included® Resort Company collected seven awards in total from the…

Bird-Browne shows spark

Source: Antigua Observer One of the major criticisms in the wake of the revelation that Maria Bird-Browne would be following her illustrious family members into the political arena was that she was “too soft” for politics, which one observer dubbed a blood sport. Her low-key public persona has fed that perception and people…

PM: Sir Robin, a thrifty spender and good investor

Source: Antigua Observer Gaston Browne, prime minister has brushed aside calls for St. Phillip’s North Member of Parliament (MP), Sir Robin Yearwood, who is apparently worth millions, to account for where and how he amassed his wealth. Yesterday, while speaking at the official ceremony to mark Sir Vere Cornwall Bird Day, Browne said…

Nibbs says re-opening bank on Barbuda is a priority

Source: Antigua Observer Arthur Nibbs, member of parliament for Barbuda, says getting Barbuda’s lone bank operational is one way he plans to speed up the recovery on the sister-isle ahead of Christmas. “We can’t be encouraging people to go back to Barbuda and then they can’t get access to their money so that…

ABEC ‘ready’ as PM teases on election date

Source: Antigua Observer If the prime minister decides to call the general election now, the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) is ready for the process. This is what Public Relations Officer of ABEC, Elisha Graham, told OBSERVER media yesterday, hours after Prime Minister Gaston Browne again teased that “elections will come like…

JAMAICA-CRIME-Jamaica surpasses 2016 murder toll

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec 11, CMC – A total of 1, 500 people have been murdered in Jamaica so far this year, including 51 children, according to figures released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Periodic Serious and Violence Review. Last year, 1,350 people were murdered here. The figures show that…

New bitcoin futures suggest breakneck price gains to slow

Source: Antigua Observer NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Newly launched bitcoin futures on Monday suggested that traders expect the cryptocurrency’s blistering price gains to slow in the coming months. Chicago-based derivatives exchange Cboe Global Markets launched the futures late on Sunday, marking the first time investors could get exposure to the bitcoin market via…

ON HERO'S DAY SIR VERE CORNWALL BIRD – NATIONAL PATRIARCH

Source: Antigua Chronicle In its national development, there have been four significant periods that marked the nation’s ‘…history; …challenges and progress.’ The first period saw the enslaved engaged in rebellious activities, with shared experiences of ‘…arduous and restless toiling; …constant brutality and death.’ Those who have rebelled against enslavement had done so primarily…

Murder accused starved himself to death?

Source: Antigua Observer Kensworth Browne, an ex-police officer accused of killing his wife, died in hospital today. This comes days after a court ordered that he should be force-fed to restore his health. Two sources close to the matter, who are not authorised to speak, said the prisoner had been hospitalised since November…

PM Browne says unchosen political hopeful is a sore loser

Source: Antigua Observer The prime minister Gaston Browne has called Senate president Alincia Williams-Grant a “sore loser” and accused her of fabricating information to support her candidacy. Browne was responding to charges levelled by Williams-Grant at the executive of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party’s branch in St John’s Rural East and at…

Hamilton says he has no desire to match Schumacher

Source: Antigua Observer Lewis Hamilton says he does not believe he will stay in Formula 1 long enough to beat Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles. Hamilton won his fourth title this year to move within one of Juan Manuel Fangio, but said he was not motivated by the idea of surpassing…

Editorial: Turning back the hands of crime

Source: Antigua Observer Whoa! Wait! Hold on! Masked gunmen abductors? What is going on in our bit of paradise? Where are we heading when two people can be abducted from a public beach and taken on a joyride of thievery and fear? In case you missed it, the police reported that a young…

Solo running for US Soccer Federation presidency

Source: Antigua Observer World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hope Solo has announced she is running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. The 36 year old earned 202 caps for her country and won the 2015 Women’s World Cup plus two Olympic gold medals during her 17-year international career. She has not played for the…

A battle for the seat in Rural East, accusations fly

Source: Antigua Observer One of the people who want to contest the seat for the labour party in St. John’s Rural East is accusing the branch executive of actions that “reek of procedural irregularity” and which “are utterly unconstitutional” when it chose, over all others, Maria Bird-Browne as the candidate. Alincia Williams-Grant, an…

A battle for the seat in City East, accusations fly

Source: Antigua Observer One of the people who want to contest the seat for the labour party in St. John’s Rural East is accusing the branch executive of actions that “reek of procedural irregularity” and which “are utterly unconstitutional” when it chose, over all others, Maria Bird-Browne as the candidate. Alincia Williams-Grant, an…

Government looking for new Barbuda ferry

Source: Antigua Observer Government plans to implement a new and faster commuter service between Antigua and Barbuda without the involvement of the current ferry operators of the Barbuda Express. While Frederique Bonfils, operations manager of the Barbuda Express, has stated that the Barbuda Express is willing to help source and operate a new…

Murderer gets 16 years after pleading guilty

Source: Antigua Observer Convicted murderer Kadeem Edwards is to serve 16 years in jail as punishment for killing Joseph “Juba” James on the Coral Ark party boat. And, he was sentenced to five years in jail for each of the two people he wounded with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in that…

Granny gets jail time for manslaughter

Source: Antigua Observer Seventy-year-old Millicent Cornwall-Roberts is likely to spend the rest of her life in jail now that Justice Keith Thom has sentenced her to 25 years for killing her granddaughter, Jael Thomas. The sentence was handed down yesterday in the High Court. Cornwall-Roberts was found guilty of manslaughter in July this…

Maria Bird-Browne Wins ABLP St. John's Rural East Primary

Source: Antigua Chronicle Almost as predicted, Mrs. Maria Bird-Browne – the wife of Prime Minister Hon. Gaston Browne – has secured the nomination of the St. John’s Rural East Constituency Branch following a recent election. Bird-Browne replaces Hon. Lester Bird who held the constituency seat for several years. The primary win means Bird-Browne will…

Rural East Branch chooses Maria

Source: Antigua Observer Maria Bird Browne – the wife of Prime Minister Gaston Browne – has been recommended to be the candidate to contest the seat in St John’s Rural East in the next general elections. The decision was made by the constituency branch executive of the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party following a…

ABST Wavier For the Christmas

Source: Antigua Chronicle Christmas may come earlier for shoppers as Prime Minister Gaston Browne intends to wave the 15% Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax for the weekend of December 15th. Though the official announcement has not been made, PM Browne is said to have commented on the initiative which usually gives shoppers a…

President Castro in Antigua for Summit

Source: Antigua Chronicle President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Mr. Raúl Castro arrived in Antigua on Thursday for the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit today at the Carlisle Bay Resort and Spa. President Castro was met on arrival at the V.C. Bird International Airport, by Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne and members of his Cabinet…

Government to Set Up ‘I am Able’ Commission

Source: Antigua Chronicle Halo Foundation announces initiatives to assist Persons with Disabilities At the closing ceremony of the I Am Able Conference at Government House on Wednesday (December 6th) evening, Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph revealed that he had spoken to the Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, and…

‘Magic’ guilty of sex crime

Source: Antigua Observer Former sports reporter Ian “Magic” Hughes has been convicted of indecent assault and could spend five years in jail for the crime he committed on a 13-year-old school girl. Under the Sexual Offences Act, indecent assault is described as an offence involving unwanted sexual contact. In this case, Hughes, who…

Uncertain future for mall vendors

Source: Antigua Observer Some vendors will be displaced due to the decrease in the number of booths that will remain after the renovation at the Heritage Quay mall, said Anthony Stuart, former executive director of the St. John’s Development Corporation (SJDC). This became clear to him during his visit to the site two…

Sir Curtly backs Hetmyer

Source: Antigua Observer Fast-bowling legend and former West Indies cricketer, Sir Curtly Ambrose, is hoping that young Guyanese batsman, Shimron Hetmyer, is allowed to develop his aggressive style of play and that his coaches recognise it as a positive aspect of his game. Hetmyer got scores of 13 and 66 in the regional…

Brathwaite, Roach up in rankings ahead of Hamilton Test

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (CMC) – Opener Kraigg Brathwaite and seamer Kemar Roach have continued to flourish in the latest International Cricket Council player rankings, despite West Indies troubles in the recent opening Test against New Zealand. In the rankings released on Wednesday, Brathwaite jumped two places to 17th in the batting rankings to…

Help identify missing child

Source: Antigua Observer Update: The mother of the young boy has been identified and located.  The police are seeking the help of the public in identifying this boy and his parents or guardian. He was picked up by police at the Bus Stop near Jennings Primary School around 1:30pm on Thursday. He seems…

‘Magic’ guilty of sex offence

Source: Antigua Observer Media personality Ian “Magic” Hughes was today found guilty of the indecent assault of a young girl. Indecent assault is a sexual offence which involves touching an individual with indecent intentions, without their permission. In this case, the jury accepted the 13-year-old girl’s evidence that Hughes inappropriately touched her breasts…

Sir Lester misses his own press conference

Source: Antigua Observer Former Prime Minister Sir Lester Bird had to postpone an announcement he planned to make today at a press conference. The invitation to the media came last night in the post-Cabinet briefing notes. It stated that Sir Lester “will read a statement and answer questions of reporters…This will take place…

Sandals Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart Receives Tourism Icon Award at UNWTO Conference

Source: Antigua Chronicle Chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, was this week honoured at the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank’s Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism. At the Conference’s Gala Dinner and Tourism Icon Awards, held on Wednesday,…

Sir Yearwood loses to Ex-Wife – Millions to pay

Source: Antigua Chronicle Sir Robin Yearwood, Parliamentary Representative and Minister of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation has lost his appeal case against his ex-wife. This means he will have to find over £4 million to pay Christiana Yearwood, the ex-wife of Sir Robin Yearwood. The knighted parliamentarian lost his case in the…

Unique Vacations deepens investment in the Caribbean

Source: Antigua Chronicle Unique Vacations, the worldwide representative for Sandals & Beaches Resorts, has announced plans to further its investment in the region. At present Unique Vacations has four contact centers established in Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Grenada and The Bahamas, which provide high paying jobs for over 500 Caribbean nationals. Unique has now…

UPP To Launch National Vision Forum Next Thursday

Source: Antigua Chronicle The UPP will launch the National Vision Forum, a community-wide discussion series aimed at promoting the Party’s Policy PLATFORMS. Political Leader, Senator Harold Lovell and his team, will present the UPP’s transformative development agenda under the theme TALENTS: A NEW PERSPECTIVE. This town hall style meeting, will provide a dynamic,…

Fiennes workers say no cheques disbursed on Day 2

Source: Antigua Observer Employees at Fiennes Institute said the remaining outstanding overtime pay cheques were not available at the main office as promised by health ministry officials. This comes one day after 30 workers staged a sit-in and partial payments were handed to them at the end of the workday. When OBSERVER media…

Land access case ends in disappointment for homeowner

Source: Antigua Observer British citizen Geoffrey Croft has lost his case in which he claimed he had a right to use someone else’s land to gain access to his own property in Monk’s Hill, Cobbs Cross. The Court of Appeal made the ruling during its recent sitting in Antigua last month. The ruling…

Editorial: More for the living than the dead

Source: Antigua Observer Talk has started, once again, about a new public cemetery. Most recently, the minister of health, Molwyn Joseph, announced that his ministry will host a public consultation to get feedback on plans for the long-delayed public cemetery. We love public consultations, and we would love to see a new cemetery,…

First deaf secondary school student graduates

Source: Antigua Observer Jalenda Richards became the country’s first deaf student to graduate from secondary school in Antigua and Barbuda. Now, the Christian Hill young woman, who walked down the aisle at her Clare Hall Secondary School graduation on Tuesday, already has her sights set on attending college in Canada. Richards became totally…

Sir Robin loses appeal in multi-million-dollar divorce case

Source: Antigua Observer A multi-million-dollar pay-out is to be made to Christiana Yearwood, the ex-wife of Sir Robin Yearwood, now that the Court of Appeal has dismissed the MP’s appeal against an earlier High Court ruling in Antigua. That High Court decision, which the appellate court upheld late last month, permitted the woman…

Regional security officials meeting in Guyana

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec 5, CMC – The annual Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) is taking place here with delegates being told that there is need to criminal networks sanctuary and freedom of movement. The conference brings together more than 50 key United States and Caribbean senior defence and law enforcement…

Bitcoin surges above $12,000 to record high on relentless demand

Source: Antigua Observer TOKYO (Reuters) – Bitcoin extended its eye-popping rally on Wednesday, breaking above $12,000 to a record high despite questions about the cryptocurrency’s real value and worries about a dangerous bubble. Bitcoin received a boost after Friday’s announcement by the main U.S. derivatives regulator that it would allow CME Group Inc…

U.S. unit labor costs decline for two straight quarters

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. unit labor costs were much weaker than initially thought, declining both in the second and third quarters of this year, pointing to very benign inflation pressures in the near term even as the labor market is close to full employment. Other data on Wednesday showed private-sector…

Taylor eyeing maiden century after signing new deal

Source: Antigua Observer MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC) – West Indies Women captain, Stafanie Taylor, has signed a new two-year deal with Sydney Thunder and says her objective is to notch her maiden Twenty20 hundred, in the new Women’s Big Bash League campaign which bowls off this weekend. The stellar right-hander, who also bowls penetrative off-spin,…

Holder out of second Test with suspension

Source: Antigua Observer HAMILTON, New Zealand (CMC) – Still reeling from their heavy innings defeat to the Black Caps in the opening Test, West Indies were dealt another blow on Tuesday when captain Jason Holder was ruled out of the second Test after being suspended by the International Cricket Council for an over-rate…

IOC bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

Source: Antigua Observer Russia has been banned from competing at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee. But Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag. It follows an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the…

Selectors hand Miller, Emrit new lease

Source: Antigua Observer Selectors have called up the veteran pair of Nikita Miller and Rayad Emrit for the limited overs tour of New Zealand later this month, in a surprise move that has handed both players new leases on their international careers. The 35-year-old Miller was on Tuesday named in a 15-man squad…

Former greats question Windies preparation methods

Source: Antigua Observer At least two former West Indies players have questioned a decision that saw the regional squad prepare in Australia ahead of their current tour in New Zealand. The Windies lost the opening Test by an innings and 67 runs, falling for just 134 in their first innings. The host then…

I Am Able Conference officially in session

Source: Antigua Chronicle There were dozens of smiling faces and applause filled the air as the historic I Am Able Conference got underway at the St James’s Resort at Mamora Bay on Monday. With hundreds of delegates, ambassadors, well-wishers, and other high officials in attendance, the opening ceremony of the much-anticipated conference featured…

Forum to examine youth unemployment in the Caribbean

Source: Antigua Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Dec 5, CMC – A one-day forum addressing the challenges of youth unemployment in the Caribbean will be held here on Wednesday. It is being organised by the Organization of American States (OAS) in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO). Entitled “Towards Concrete Solutions for Addressing Youth…

New social media guidelines for Caribbean journalists

Source: Antigua Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Dec 5, CMC – New social media guidelines for Caribbean journalists and media practitioners were launched on Tuesday with public the United Kingdom-based Public Media Alliance (PMA) warning that social media can no longer be ignored. The PMA, which is the largest global association of public service broadcasters,…

Man jailed for 10 years for possessing loaded gun

Source: Antigua Observer HAMILTON, Bermuda, Dec 5, CMC — A High Court judge has sentenced a 33-year-old man to 10 years in jail after he was found with a loaded gun on his hip in August last year. The court heard that Dion Cholmondeley had been out drinking with friends when he was…

Browne’s Ave Man Charged With Attempted Arson

Source: Antigua Chronicle Forty-one year old Everette Jerome Spencer of Browne’s Avenue, was charged by the police on Monday with attempted arson. He is accused of attempting to set fire to a generator room at Everyday Service Station located on Independence Drive, on 29th November. Firefighters at St. Johns Fire Station received a…

AG in Santo Domingo

Source: Antigua Chronicle Public Safety Minister the Hon Steadroy Cutie Benjamin recently returned to Antigua and Barbuda where he attended the 7th Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue, under the theme “Towards a More Effective Partnership and Integration for Citizens Security”. Several Topics were discussed to include, Regional Collaboration for Law Enforcement and Combating…

Public Consultation for Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Ministry of Works and Housing’s Project Implementation Management Unit will be holding a public consultation for members of the Friar’s Hill Road business community to discuss the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project. The consultation will take place at the Multipurpose Cultural Center on Wednesday, December…

PRIME MINISTER WELCOMES NEW PANAMANIAN AMBASSADOR

Source: Antigua Chronicle His Excellency Jesus Sierra Victoria, the Permanent Representative of Panama to the Organisation of American States (OAS), on Monday presented his Letter of Credence to His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, officially accrediting him as the Ambassador of Panama to Antigua and Barbuda. After the presentation of…

No suspects in latest killing

Source: Antigua Observer “Everybody crying. Mommy, my daddy dead?” were the words uttered by Jah’sean Joseph as he climbed onto the lap of his weeping mother, Shenia Lake. Joseph’s father, Sean “Boogey Man” Joseph, who would have celebrated his 28th birthday on December 9th, was shot dead in Pigotts village on Sunday night.…

National collection day hauls in 1,220 pounds of snails

Source: Antigua Observer To kick off the Christmas season, the Plant Protection Unit attempted to reduce the population of the country’s pesky national guest, the Giant African Snail that made a home in Antigua in 2008. Janil Gore-Francis, Ph.D, chief plant protection officer, said that from December 2 to 4, an estimated 1,220…

Cassada Gardens resident celebrates 105 years

Source: Antigua Observer She celebrated 105 years yesterday and Lillian Edwards of Cassada Gardens showed no signs that she will be leaving this earth very soon. The centenarian entertained Governor General Sir Rodney Williams, and his wife Lady Sandra Williams, at her home yesterday where family, friends, and representatives from the Ministry of…

Editorial: As complacency sets in

Source: Antigua Observer There was a time, not so long ago, where a murder was BIG news in our nation. Masked gunmen terrorizing citizens? Essentially unheard of back in the day. Today, they almost seem to be taken for granted, as if they are now an accepted part of our everyday life. What…

Election candidate promises to sue her opponent for defamation

Source: Antigua Observer ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Dec 4, CMC – A candidate with the ruling New National Party (NNP) says she intends to file a lawsuit against a member of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) claiming that she had been slandered in a message posted on the social website, Facebook. Delma…

Opposition calls for removal of government legislator

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 4, CMC – The main opposition United National Congress (UNC) Monday called for the removal of Dr. Lester Henry, who is reported to have failed a breathalyser test in September. The Trinidad Express newspaper reported that Henry has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence…

Several murders rock Trinidad and Tobago

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 4, CMC –At least eight people were killed over a 72 hour period in Trinidad and Tobago as the country recorded at least 16 murders in the first four days of this month. Police said that the latest victims, Akiel Edwards aka “Ratty”, and a…

Murder in Piggots 

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua Chronicle has been reliably informed that the body of a male identified as that of Sean Joseph of Bendals was discovered by a passer-by on Cherry Lane, Pigotts last evening. With two gunshot wounds to the head, it appeared that he may have been shot at point-blank range.  Details…

Green Climate Fund on Mission to Antigua and Barbuda 

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Department of Environment as the National Designated Authority to the Green Climate Fund along with the Ministry of Finance seeks to advise all agencies, civil society organization and the general public of the pending Mission of the Green Climate Fund to the Caribbean on December 10 – 19, 2017.…

Armed men rob Dings Supermarket

Source: Antigua Observer A late afternoon robbery was executed at Dings Supermarket in Jennings on Saturday as armed men made off with an undisclosed sum of money, a licensed firearm from the owner, and allegedly deprived customers of their bags, cash and other personal possessions. Inspector Frankie Thomas, police public relations officer, said…

Man shot dead in Pigotts

Source: Antigua Observer A man was shot dead in Pigotts last night but up to press time he had not been identified. The police said they received the report of the incident some time after 7 p.m. When they responded and began investigating, they learned that residents had heard what sounded like gunshots…

Attorney explains why a murder accused escaped from the police

Source: Antigua Observer Keneca Ryan, an accused murderer, escaped police custody Friday afternoon in an effort to contact his lawyer, Lawrence Daniels. Daniels made the disclosure to OBSERVER media over the weekend, when he was asked why his client escaped and whether he knew where the 19-year-old Green Bay man went during the…

Man shot dead, Unidentified

Source: Antigua Observer UPDATED Residents in the area say they have no idea who the shooting victim is, but they indicated they heard gun shots shortly after 6:00 pm. However they only found the body laying in the road way, fully clothed, face down. He was officially pronounced dead at 9:00 and the…

Shooting death in Pigotts

Source: Antigua Observer The police are investigating a shooting death in the Pigotts area. The body of an unidentified man was discovered shortly after 7:00pm Sunday. This makes 19, the number of killings for the year. There is a possible 20th case but police are awaiting autopsy results for the burned remains of…

Advancing sustainable food systems in the Caribbean

Source: Antigua Chronicle Recent FAO training focuses on understanding and applying food systems thinking to tackle the interrelated issues of poverty and food security and nutrition. November 30, 2017 (Bridgetown, Barbados) — In the last few years, integrated and holistic ways to address food-related challenges such as reducing food waste and loss, improving …

AIDS Day March 2017 – ‘The Right to Health’

Source: Antigua Chronicle Sporting a wide array of colors, hundreds turned out with their placards and banners during the annual State Insurance sponsored World AIDS Day march through the streets of St Johns on Thursday (November 30th). With music blaring and drums pounding, school children, health enthusiasts, soldiers, police officers, well-wishers and supporters…

BERMUDA-COURT-Canadian jailed for importing cocaine

Source: Antigua Observer HAMILTON, Bermuda, Dec 2, CMC — A 22-year-old Canadian national man who tried to smuggle nearly US$250,000 worth of cocaine into Bermuda has been jailed for seven and a half years after admitting he made a “big mistake”. The Supreme Court heard that Raza Mirza was caught as he came…

Trump says no collusion between his campaign and Russia

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday there was “absolutely no collusion” between his campaign and Russia, his first comment on a guilty plea by his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “What has been shown is no collusion,…

Senate approves major tax cuts in victory for Trump

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate narrowly approved a tax overhaul on Saturday, moving Republicans and President Donald Trump a big step closer to their goal of slashing taxes for businesses and the rich while offering everyday Americans a mixed bag of changes. In what would be the largest change…

AG endorses new system to speed up court cases

Source: Antigua Observer By Claneisha Gomes claneisha.gomes@antiguaobserver.com Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin is endorsing a new IT system, which he believes, will expedite proceedings in Antigua and Barbuda’s legal system. The AG listed the back-log and ineffective management of cases as normal occurrences that would be improved by the Advance Performance Exponents Inc.…

Police awaiting driver’s report of car crash

Source: Antigua Observer Up to yesterday, officers at the Coolidge Police Station had not received a report from an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) employee, who escaped serious injury in a vehicular accident on Thursday. It was reported that Omari Gurraund was driving a silver BMW sedan when it overturned after hitting a metal…

Cases of HIV/AIDS under-reported

Source: Antigua Observer The HIV/AIDS-positive status of 1,800 persons in Antigua and Barbuda may be unreported to the AIDS Secretariat, according to Eleanor Frederick, a public health consultant. Frederick, who represents the Antigua and Barbuda HIV/AIDS Network Inc. yesterday said on OBSERVER AM, “We know the rate of HIV is two to three…

Rodney: Cricket Association elections before year end

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) is hoping to host long overdue elections before the end of the year. This is according to president Leon Rodney who said they are awaiting the completion of financial statements for the past three years. “We had a date but because we are…

Windies collapse ‘just one of those things’: Law

Source: Antigua Observer WELLINGTON, New Zealand – West Indies head coach Stuart Law is not reading too much into his side’s spectacular collapse on day one of the opening Test against New Zealand on Friday. The Australian told reporters at a post-match media conference that the Windies were a much better batting unit than…

Murder Accused Escapes Police Custody

Source: Antigua Observer Murder Accused Keneca Ryan, aka “Boom Boom” of Green Bay, escaped from police at St. Johns Police Station on Friday.   The police say this occurred shortly after he was charged with the murder of Campbell Jackson.   He was dressed in a grey T-shirt with a black under shirt and…

Hurricane Season Officially comes to an End

Source: Antigua Chronicle The severe weather systems associated with the 2017 hurricane season should be considered as a wake-up call for Antiguans and Barbudans to be better prepared. That’s according to Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) Philmore Mullin. The hurricane season which began on June 1, officially ends today…

Honourable H. Charles Fernandez attends IMO Conference in London

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Honourable H. Charles Fernandez, Minister of Tourism, Foreign Affairs and Immigration, is presently attending the 30th Regular Session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which commenced 27th November and will conclude on 6th December at its Headquarters in London. Minister Fernandez addressed the Assembly during the opening ceremony on…

Transport Board Claim The Double

Source: Antigua Observer It was celebration time for Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board as they secured double titles in the Cool and Smooth Digicel Business Basketball league on Wednesday night. The champions defeated APUA Head Office, 82-71 at the JSC Sports Complex ending the series 2-0. The journey to securing the playoff title…

State College crowned 18 and Under Champions

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua State College (ASC) were crowned the 18 and Under netball champions on Wednesday afternoon at the YMCA Sports Complex. State college solidified their role as a powerhouse team after blowing out St. Mary’s Secondary, 26-13 to secure their title. Goal-attacker, Kahtalia Valentine led her team to victory scoring 15…

AGS Upset State College In School Volleyball Showdown

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua Grammar School (AGS) pulled off a big upset in the Inter-School Volleyball league male division on Wednesday afternoon edging out Antigua State College (ASC), 2-1. A roar of excitement could be heard from the indoor facility as supporters witnessed a highly contested match. The Semper Virens found themselves down…

Call for greater dialogue between nurses and policy makers

Source: Antigua Observer A call has been made for a less confrontational relationship between the government and those in the medical field, in particular, members of the Antigua and Barbuda Nurses Association (ABNA). Molwyn Joseph, the health minister, made the appeal on Wednesday while he addressed the opening of the Caribbean Nurses Organisation’s…

Stop the Atlantic hurricanes now

Source: Antigua Observer As we sat here cowering in a safe corner of the house listening to the wrath of Hurricane Irma being unleashed on the environs outside, we couldn’t help but experience the helplessness of the moment. With winds in excess of 180 mph destroying buildings and taking lives, one comes to…

Health Minister urges greater dialogue at CNO Anniversary

Source: Antigua Chronicle A call for unity and harmony was the main highlight of the opening ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Caribbean Nursing Organization (CNO) and Leadership Summit at the Jolly Beach Resort and Spa on Wednesday morning. Echoing that call was Health and the Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph, who said…

SIR VERE CORNWALL BIRD – NATIONAL PATRIARCH

Source: Antigua Chronicle Though the contributions of other architects may have been overshadowed by those, who in many respects have also helped in charting the course of the nation, the contributions made by Sir Vere Cornwall Bird KNH, were said to have been among the most significant of any other leader that had…

Editorial: Barbuda Hall

Source: Antigua Observer Ever so often, a bit of news crosses our desk that causes us to smile and let’s us know that there are still bright sparks among all the doom and gloom we read about every day. Recently, University of Liverpool students suggested that William Gladstone’s name be removed from a…

Canadian tourists robbed at Deep Bay

Source: Antigua Observer Two Canadian cruise passengers were swimming unsuspectingly a few feet away from the carjacking of their tour guide, which also led to the theft of their passports at Deep Bay. The police are currently investigating the robbery of the couple’s valuable items which involved two masked men armed with guns.…

NGO leaders encouraged not to mix work with politics

Source: Antigua Observer Leaders of Non-Governmental Organisa-tions (NGOs) are being encouraged to separate themselves from the organisations if they are desirous of entering politics. That suggestion was made yesterday by Gordon Bispham, the executive director of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC), a Barbados-based coalition of Caribbean non-governmental organisations. Bispham said that there…

Draft Code of conduct for regional NGOs

Source: Antigua Observer Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Antigua, are meeting to review a draft code of conduct which stipulates how each member, staff or volunteer within the region should function. They are also working to establish a harmonised NGO law that defines the relationship between civil society agencies and the government. The two-day…

"Boom Boom" in Custody

Source: Antigua Chronicle Keneca Ryan, aka “Boom Boom” of Green Bay, who was wanted in connection with an ongoing investigation into Campbell Jackson’s murder, is now in police custody. Ryan surrendered to the police around 2pm on Wednesday at the Criminal Investigations Department, in the company of his lawyer. Three other men, namely;…

St. Lucia to invest millions in OECS Competitive Tourism project

Source: Antigua Observer CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Nov 29, CMC – The St. Lucia government is to invest US$5 million into the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Competitive Tourism Project, Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee has announced. The World Bank announced earlier this year that it had approved US$26 million for the project, whose…

Substation to be Blamed for Island Wide Blackout

Source: Antigua Chronicle For more than two hours yesterday, the entire island of Antigua was without power. This power outage came outside of scheduled power cuts for designated areas of the island. However, the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA),  has confirmed that this island wide black out is of a result of a…

Local Stakeholders Discuss the Adaptation of the OECS Building Code

Source: Antigua Chronicle Stakeholders from various government departments who are charged with the responsibly for the implementation of the National Physical Development Plan are thrust with the task to improved and harmonised a building code for the OECS sub-region as part of iLand Resilience – The OECS Commission’s Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Land…

No Time For Controversy and Hurricanes Says UVI's Gary Sadler

Source: Antigua Chronicle Controversy and hurricanes are two of the biggest challenges when selling the Caribbean according to Gary Sadler O.D., Senior Vice President of Unique Vacations Limited, the exclusive marketing company for Sandals Resort International. Mr. Sadler was speaking during an interview with Observer Radio in Antigua, shortly after meeting with staff…

ECCB governor calls for fiscal responsibility legislation

Source: Antigua Observer Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Timothy Antoine is calling on the region’s peoples to demand that their governments put laws in place to protect their economies from external shocks. He was speaking at the recent International Monetary Fund 2017 High Level Caribbean Forum in Jamaica. According to…

Donor money: attention shifts to checks and balances

Source: Antigua Observer A week after international donors pledged more than U.S. $2 billion in grants, loans and debt relief for hurricane-hit Caribbean islands, attention is turning to the systems in place to ensure the assistance goes where it is intended to go. Economist Thomson Fontaine, formerly with the IMF, was part of…

PMS give Champions their first loss in two years

Source: Antigua Observer The Princess Margaret School 16 and Under team handed two-time champions, Antigua Girls’ High School (AGHS), their first loss in two years in the Inter-School Netball league on Monday afternoon. PMS, known as a dominant force in school sports, defeated the champs, 10-6 at the YMCA Sports Complex. Earlita Destin…

Work to commence at horse track, January return predicted

Source: Antigua Observer Work on replacing a collapsed culvert at the Cassada Gardens Race Track is set to commence this week. This is according to President of the Antigua Turf Club (ATC), Neil Cochrane, who said the appropriate size culvert has been sourced and efforts are being made to have it installed. “We’re…

Russia doping whistleblower accused by state

Source: Antigua Observer A Russian inquiry has concluded the whistleblower who reported an alleged state doping cover-up at the Sochi Olympics personally supplied the drugs. The government investigations unit says athletes did not know Grigory Rodchenkov had given them substances. Rodchenkov was the director of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory. The accusation comes a week…

Lawyers defend Cayman Islands laws to deal with hacking

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands, Nov 28, CMC – Legal officials in the Cayman Islands say appropriate criminal, civil and regulatory remedies are available in the British Overseas Territory to protect people from illegal data hacks. In a joint statement, the Cayman Islands Law Society and the Caymanian Bar Association said the…

Police discover burnt out plane in cornfield

Source: Antigua Observer BELMOPAN, Belize, Nov 28, CMC – Police are investigating the discovery of a burnt unidentified aircraft in a cornfield amid speculation that it was being used to transport drugs. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, said the authorities had received information regarding the discovery of the unidentified plane in the…

President Moise on official visit to Venezuela

Source: Antigua Observer CARACAS, Venezuela, Nov 28, CMC – Venezuela and Haiti have signed two agreements strengthening their bilateral relations as President Jovenel Moise is on his first official visit to Central American country since taking coming to office earlier this year. Moise, who arrived here on Monday held talks with President Nicolas…

Mascoll-Gomes, Mitchell Dominate Open Water

Source: Antigua Observer By Neto Baptiste National swimmers Noah Mascoll-Gomes and Bianca Mitchell dominated the grueling 5K open water swim which formed part of the Antigua and Barbuda Swimming Federation (ABSF) Open Water Championships held at the popular Fort James Beach on Sunday. Gomes, who has represented the twin-island state at both the…

Brathwaite among runs in tame draw

Source: Antigua Observer LINCOLN, New Zealand (CMC) – Leading West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite warmed up for next weekend’s first Test with a half-century, as the Caribbean side earned a tame draw against New Zealand A in their three-day match here Monday. Having failed in the first innings, the right-hander carved out 88…

Pares Secondary trump St. Mary’s in School Netball league

Source: Antigua Observer Pares Secondary outmaneuvered St. Mary’s School of Excellence 12-6 last Friday afternoon at the YMCA Sports Complex in the Inter-School Netball 16-and-under competition. Goal-shooter, Jemiah Joseph, netted seven of her nine attempts for the victors with goal-attacker, Halle Small making five of her 11. St. Mary’s Maselga Parker sank four…

Five Islands gets first win as Empire’s hardship continues

Source: Antigua Observer By Neto Baptiste Premier Division newcomers, Five Islands FC, picked up their first victory of the competition when they rallied to a 3-1 win over Pigott’s Bullets at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) on Sunday. Playing in the dreaded “hot sun” encounter which started at 3 p.m., Five Islands had…

Accused Murderers  Remanded

Source: Antigua Observer The men who are accused of killing Campbell Jackson of Green Bay were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison on Monday. Alexis Mussington, Arthur James and Kennecha Marcel appeared in St. Johns Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Conliff Clark and were denied bail. The men were remanded since the Magistrate in his…

Grays Farm Man Charged With Arson

Source: Antigua Observer Police charged a Grays Farm man with arson, following investigations into a fire which destroyed two buildings on Corn Alley and Tanner Street in October. Gesean Grigg, aka “Mobster” of Grays Farm is accused of unlawfully and maliciously setting fire to buildings, which formerly housed Uprising Nail Salon and Gigi…

Villa Primary Recognises Sandals for Philanthropic Work

Source: Antigua Chronicle Sandals Grande Antigua resort has been commended by the Principal, staff and students of the Villa Primary School, for the outstanding work it has been doing to partner with and provide support for the school. Sandals was among a number of groups and individuals, including Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister…

Grays Farm Man 'Mobster' Charged with Arson

Source: Antigua Chronicle   Police charged a Grays Farm man with arson, following investigations into a fire which destroyed two buildings on Corn Alley and Tanner Street in October. Gesean Grigg, aka “Mobster” of Grays Farm is accused of unlawfully and maliciously setting fire to buildings, which formerly housed Uprising Nail Salon and…

St. Lucia seeking to ban sale of soft drinks at schools

Source: Antigua Observer CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Nov 27, CMC – The St. Lucia government says it is undertaking a campaign aimed at discontinuing the sale of soft drinks on school compounds. The Ministry of Health and Wellness said the highly sweetened fizzy drink is known to have disastrous effects on health and that…

Human rights group defends INDECOM

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 27, CMC – The human rights group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has defended the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) after Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that police officers were fearful of doing their work because of the organisation. “I believe that sometimes INDECOM goes too far, and…

Additional Charges for Nut Grove Family

Source: Antigua Chronicle Police have brought additional charges against the Nut Grove family, who were previously charged with illegal firearm and ammunition last Wednesday. This time Malcolm, Janice and Richard Tweed, along with Kyle Francis, Melissa Ferrance and Kens Thomas of Nut Grove were all charged jointly with unlawful possession of two bulletproof…

EDITORIAL: More smiles and less stench

Source: Antigua Observer If you are hooked into the social media scene, you have probably heard the recording of a cruise ship passenger who happens to be a native Antiguan. The lady travelled with her family aboard the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas in October and gives a statement/review of her trip…

Three murder accused to appear in court today

Source: Antigua Observer The three men accused of killing 66-year-old Campbell Jackson of Greenbay, six months ago, are expected to make their first court appearance today. Corporal Frankie Thomas, police public relations officer, said Alexis Mussington, Arthur James and Kennecha Marcell, all of Greenbay, will appear before a judge at the St. John’s…

At risk of losing our culture?

Source: Antigua Observer In a recent discussion, Dr. Amina Blackwood-Meeks argued that we are at risk of losing our culture. Dr. Amina Blackwood-Meeks is a director, performer, custodian of oral tradition through storytelling and a college orator at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. During the Big…

Windies bowlers shine as NZ A struggle

Source: Antigua Observer LINCOLN, New Zealand, (CMC) – West Indies were in an excellent position to push for a win on today’s final day after their bowlers earned them a healthy first innings lead on the second day of their three-day match against New Zealand A. Off-spinner Roston Chase (2-7) and left-arm seamer…

Ambris hails hundred as one of his best

Source: Antigua Observer LINCOLN, New Zealand, (CMC) – Sunil Ambris has described Saturday’s hundred against New Zealand A as one of his best, and said conditions here were conducive to his type of stroke-play. The 24-year-old, on his first Test tour with West Indies, smashed an amazing 153 off 145 balls as West Indies…

CARIBBEAN-VIOLENCE- UN groups want ‘specific steps’ to respond to violence against women in the Caribbean

Source: Antigua Observer The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) are urging Latin America and the Caribbean countries to take “specific steps” to respond to violence against women. PAHO and the WHO have issued a new manual coinciding with the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women on…

Man charged with murder in fatal shooting of Texas trooper

Source: Antigua Observer AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A man accused of shooting and killing a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving was charged with capital murder, which can bring the death penalty, jail records posted on Friday showed. Dabrett Black, 32, is suspected of killing Trooper Damon Allen on Thursday…

Trump asserts legal power in fight over consumer bureau

Source: Antigua Observer President Donald Trump has the power he needs to put his top budget aide in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), federal officials said on Saturday, weighing in on a battle for control over the powerful agency. The leadership of the independent regulatory agency was thrown into question…

‘New normal’ superstorms could deter major investments

Source: Antigua Observer Chief Environment Officer Diann Black-Layne believes Antigua and Barbuda is in for a rough investment period in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Her comments came at Thursday’s 15th annual hosting of the Leonard Tim Hector Memorial Lecture where she was the guest speaker. The environment officer said there was a…

‘Ganja,’ Telecoms Bill for last sitting

Source: Antigua Observer A Bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use is to come before Parliament at its last sitting of this session scheduled for December 12. According to a government statement, the bill will be read for the first time and then distributed, suggesting that its…

St Patrick pre-school closed ‘indefinitely’

Source: Antigua Observer After giving almost 20 years to educating the country’s youngest minds, St. Patrick’s Child Development Centre will close indefinitely. Noella Spencer, principal of the American Road pre-school, told OBSERVER media yesterday that there have been numerous complications in the rebuilding phase since the school building was damaged by fire in…

New secondary school officially open

Source: Antigua Observer On the centennial anniversary of his birthday, a secondary school was officially opened yesterday in honour of the man who composed this country’s national anthem. Gaston Browne, prime minister of the nation, told the large crowd of attendees at the Potters school plant that the Sir Novelle Richards Academy is…

Paying attention: Home and school values

Source: Antigua Observer Home and school environments play pivotal roles in influencing children’s behaviour. This is according to Consultant and Social Worker, Koren Norton. “In terms of the home environment, the main thing that we have to remember when we’re raising children, is that children learn mostly from what they see… the children…

Brazil striker given prison sentence for rape

Source: Antigua Observer Brazilian footballer Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for taking part in the gang rape of a woman in Milan in 2013. An Italian court ruled the 33-year-old and five other Brazilians assaulted the Albanian woman, who was 22, after plying her with alcohol in a nightclub.…

Sandals upset Barbuda 1 to secure semis spot

Source: Antigua Observer It was celebration time for Sandals who pulled off a huge upset in the Cool and Smooth Digicel Business Basketball league playoffs on Wednesday night edging out Barbuda 1, 64-62, at the JSC Sports Complex.    Barbuda 1, led by Cohen Desouza who ended the match with 25 points were…

Samuel looks ahead

Source: Antigua Observer Despite his unavailability to play this season for Texas Christian University, Kevin “Loopy” Samuel remains positive. “No, I won’t be playing this season but I am still making progress each and every day on and off the court, so I’m not complaining and I am focusing on getting my body…

St. Mary’s suffer double losses in School Netball

Source: Antigua Observer St. Mary’s School of Excellence suffered double losses on Wednesday afternoon in the Inter-School Netball league. First in the 18 and Under category, St. Mary’s fell to Irene B. Williams, 14-5. Goal attack, Cherez George scored 9 out of her 21 attempts while goal shooter, Richeema Brissette sank 5 out…

Grenades and Bullets play to exciting draw

Source: Antigua Observer Premier Division championship hopefuls, Grenades FC, survived a scare on Wednesday after scoring in the final 16 minutes of their encounter against Bullets FC to pull off a 2-2 draw at the Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG). Playing in the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) Premier Division, Grenades went on the offensive…

How does the ABLP choose candidates? Explained in 60 seconds

Source: Antigua Observer Political developments within the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) over the last few weeks have left some asking, ‘What is the process for becoming a candidate?’ OBSERVER media spoke to Mary-Claire Hurst, Chairwoman of the ABLP about the process. If you listen, she explains how a political hopeful can…

Another contender eyes Rural West nomination

Source: Antigua Observer Shawn Benjamin is the second member of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) to publicly declare that he wants to run on the party’s ticket in St. John’s Rural West in the next general elections. Benjamin, 28 years old, made the announcement in an exclusive interview with OBSERVER media…

Police Clamping Down on Unlicensed & Uninsured Vehicles

Source: Antigua Chronicle On Wednesday, officers attached to Grays Farm Police Station took to the streets within their district and carried out several traffic checks and stop and search exercises. Over sixty vehicles were searched during these exercises, and fifteen of them were impounded and taken to Government Motor Pool for uninsured and…

'Jackass' Among Those Charged in Recent Nut Grove Bust

Source: Antigua Chronicle  On Wednesday police  jointly charged 41yr -old Richard Joseph Tweed along with 24yr-old Kyle Francis, 49yr-old Malcolm Tweed and 23yr-old Melissa Ferrance all of Nut Grove with Possession of an unlicensed 9mm pistol and Possession of one round of 9mm ammunition. They appeared before the Court on Wednesday and were further remanded to St. Johns Police…

DOMINICA-HEALTH-Dominica awaiting confirmation of Hanta Virus

Source: Antigua Observer ROSEAU, Dominica, Nov 22, CMC – Health authorities Wednesday said they were awaiting confirmation of a preliminary test to determine whether hurricane battered Dominica has registered its first case of the unusual virus, Hanta Virus, spread by rodents. A statement by the Minister of Health and Environment said that confirmatory…

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter denies 2002 rape allegation

Source: Antigua Observer LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Backstreet Boy singer Nick Carter on Wednesday denied an allegation that he raped a teen pop singer 15 years ago, saying he was “shocked and saddened” by the accusation. Melissa Schuman, who was a member of girl group Dream in the late 1990s, claimed in a…

Uber’s messy data breach collides with launch of SoftBank deal

Source: Antigua Observer TORONTO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A newspaper advertisement for an Uber Technologies Inc stock sale was juxtaposed on Wednesday with a report that the ride-service provider had covered up a data hack – something of a metaphor for Uber, a company with boundless investor interest, but whose penchant for rule-breaking has…

Police investigate stabbing incident

Source: Antigua Observer An 18-year-old secondary school student is hospitalised after he was stabbed multiple times in an attack that occurred this afternoon. The victim was stabbed twice in the back and once in the right hand. According to the police, they received a report at 1:40 p.m. about a fight at Princess…

UN body wants debt relief for hurricane-ravaged Caribbean countries

Source: Antigua Observer UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Monday presented its debt for climate adaptation swaps proposal for Caribbean countries ravaged by recent hurricanes. ECLAC outlined the proposals during the first of the two-day high-level conference at the United Nations’ headquarters here.…

‘New and better deal’ needed for climate resilience in Caribbean, UN chief tells donor conference

Source: Antigua Observer 21 November 2017 – Caribbean countries need “a new and better deal” – one that includes access to concessional finance and adequate insurance – if they are to build climate resilience, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday at an international conference to mobilize support for the reconstruction of communities…

Care Project Administrators Refute Abuse Allegations

Source: Antigua Chronicle With a caller to a popular radio program leveling allegations of ill-treatment and torture of one of the residents at the CARE Project, Matron of the institution, Nurse Juliet De Labastide has cleared the air where that is concerned. The controversy was sparked on Monday (November 20th) morning, just after…

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday

Source: Antigua Observer HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Friday, marking a new era for the country ruled by Robert Mugabe from independence nearly four decades ago until his swift downfall this week. The ruling ZANU-PF party has nominated Mnangagwa to fill the…

New Book From Amerindians to Carnival Launched in Antigua

Source: Antigua Chronicle invites you to explore Antigua & Barbuda’s rich history and culture Ever wondered about the very first people to call Antigua & Barbuda home? Fascinated by the islands’ rich naval history, the slavery era of its past, and the national heroes that helped shape its future? A first of its…

EU partners with CDB to Support Renewable Energy in the EC Through Geothermal Energy

Source: Antigua Chronicle NEW YORK – On Monday, in New York, the Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, announced the formalisation of an EU grant contribution to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Programme for the Eastern Caribbean. The Programme will facilitate the development…

AG, Police Discuss 'Crime Situation' in Antigua & Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, met with top brass of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda comprising male and female officers in a two hour meeting on Monday addressing the crime situation in the twin island state. Minister Benjamin, who is also responsible for Public Safety and the…

Editorial: Déjà vu?

Source: Antigua Observer The case of Haiti is instructive. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you have heard the warnings before – that we should be careful that we not repeat the debacle in Haiti. Of course, we are sounding the alarm out of an abundance of caution. And our trepidation stems from the fact that…

Heritage Quay vendors annoyed with move to new location

Source: Antigua Observer Scores of angry vendors, who were moved on Monday from the Heritage Quay Vendors Mall to a new but temporary location, west of the Heritage hotel, lamented the situation when OBSERVER media visited the area once known as Commissioners Grill. The vendors were furious about the untimely shift in location…

US $1B-plus in pledges for hurricane-hit islands

Source: Antigua Observer More than U.S. $1 billion has been pledged to help the Caribbean countries hit by September’s hurricanes rebuild and to do so better than before. The pledges came at Tuesday’s donor conference in New York with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announcing U.S. $1 billion in resources to help build…

CARIBBEAN-WEATHER-CARICOM SG urges international community to re-think aid policy to Caribbean

Source: Antigua Observer UNITED NATIONS, Nov 20, CMC –The Secretary General of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping, Irwin LaRocque, Monday said hurricanes had now become “game changers” for the Caribbean and urged the international community to give generously to the region following the devastation by two hurricanes in September. Addressing the technical…

COMMENTARY: Crime and Violence – Cat and Rope

Source: Antigua Chronicle by: RAWLSTON POMPEY When the several regional neighboring States came together, though sovereign and singly independent, they called themselves the ‘…Caribbean Community (CARICOM).’ When the leaders of several tinier Eastern Caribbean islands bonded together, they called themselves the ‘…Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).’ Geographically and culturally interlinked, there are…

New Integrated approach to be taken for Fisheries, Pollution and Habitat Protection in the Southern Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf

Source: Antigua Chronicle The marine area of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (the CLME+ region) are bordered by over 35 States and Territories. These countries are heavily dependent on this region for economic development from activities such as fisheries, tourism, shipping and off-shore oil exploration. The CLME+ region is…

Society is to blame for men’s behavior

Source: Antigua Observer Local pastor, Lyndon Mottley has said that society is inadvertently turning men into monsters. According to him, many men crave respect more than anything else and if society determines that they should not cry, they should be strong or even aggressive, then they will be. “Now, when you cannot respond…

UK stands by Caribbean and Overseas Territories as they build back better after hurricanes

Source: Antigua Chronicle On her first overseas visit International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has reaffirmed that the UK stands by those Overseas Territories and independent Commonwealth Caribbean countries devastated by the recent hurricanes and seen how British aid is helping to rebuild people’s lives. The International Development Secretary accompanied His Royal Highness the…

Cuban workers arrive in Barbuda to help repair structures

Source: Antigua Chronicle A team of 25 Cuban engineers and construction workers arrived in Barbuda earlier this month to assist with repairs on structures in Barbuda that were damaged during Hurricane Irma in September. The Cubans are expected to be on the sister-isle for a month and will be working with Barbudans, personnel…

Media visit Sandals Grande Antigua to see renovations progress

Source: Antigua Chronicle With just four weeks left before its scheduled re-opening, Sandals Grande Antigua today afforded members of the local media the opportunity to tour the facility and see for themselves the maintenance work that has been ongoing since the resort closed over two months ago. The media tour was personally led…

Man allegedly marked for death is now a suspect

Source: Antigua Observer The police have locked up the man who last week reported he was being sought by gunmen who allegedly went to his home asking for him. That man is Michael Rose. His aunt, Shazeda Crandon, told OBSERVER media yesterday, that the 21-year-old man is being questioned because he allegedly threatened…

A multi-faceted approach to child’s suspected suicide is underway

Source: Antigua Observer The welfare department is investigating Friday’s suspected suicide in which 12-year-old Jaquez Lanier of the Seventh Day Adventist School allegedly hanged himself. The minister responsible for Social Transformation, Samantha Marshall, said the welfare division, which falls under her ministry is doing a probe. But, she said she could not speak…

Several factors deter women from politics

Source: Antigua Observer The way in which politics is practised in the Caribbean can be so negative that it prevents more women from getting involved. Joan Underwood, the education officer for the United Progressive Party (UPP), made the assertion yesterday during an appearance on the Big Issues Programme, which focused on challenges women…

Alleged death threat victim is now accused of a crime

Source: Antigua Observer The police have locked up the man who last week reported he was marked for death by gunmen who allegedly went to his home asking for him. That man is Michael Rose. His aunt, Shazeda Crandon, says the 21-year-old man is being questioned because he allegedly threatened to harm one…

PM Browne says BPM’s tactics hurting fellow Barbudans

Source: Antigua Observer The prime minister is accusing the opposition Barbuda People’s Movement of spreading false information to the international media about the restoration happening in Barbuda. He said based on news reported by UK news organisations, the BPM has been making allegations of corrupt practices and misuse of funds from donors to…

JAMAICA-HEALTH- Increase in adolescent deaths from HIV on the rise

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov. 18, CMC – Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is calling for Jamaicans to practise responsible sexual behaviour in order to prevent new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. He said results from an HIV/AIDS Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour Survey conducted for 2004, 2008 and 2012 indicate that the…

ST. LUCIA-RESCUE- Sailing vessel sinks – two rescued

Source: Antigua Observer CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Nov 18, CMC – Two people were airlifted to safety via helicopter after their sailing vessel – ‘Tyago’, sank between St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The marine authorities reported that a search for the two began late Thursday. Two ships in the area –…

Spotify buys online recording studio Soundtrap

Source: Antigua Observer STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Music streaming company Spotify has bought online music and audio recording studio Soundtrap, it said on Friday, declining to give financial details of the deal. Stockholm-based Soundtrap allows its subscribers to have an online music studio and create music together with other people in real time, its…

NAMCo – politicians trade accusations of ‘lies’ and ‘hiding’

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne has accused Opposition Senator Damani Tabor,  of “lying” because Tabor attributed a statement made by Information  Minster Melford Nicholas,  to Browne. Tabor, the public relations officer (PRO) of the United Progressive Party (UPP) was speaking on OBSERVER Radio yesterday morning, on the subject of transparency in…

Sandals adds seawater-intake pipe to address water scarcity

Source: Antigua Observer A new 1300-foot seawater-intake pipe is being installed under Dickenson Bay, one of the most popular beaches in Antigua, by Sandals Resorts International (SRI). The pipe will transfer water from the sea and across the property to the existing reverse osmosis plant which generates 120,000 gallons of water daily. Gaurav…

Suicide suspected as child is found hanging

Source: Antigua Observer Stunned family members, relatives and friends of 12-year-old Jaquez Lanier were lost for words last night as they gathered in groups sobbing over the news that he allegedly ended his life earlier in the afternoon. Approximately 30 men, women and children wept as they hugged and tried wiping each other’s…

Was Asot entitled to diplomatic privileges?

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda government is to seek clarity from the U.K. government on its decision to arrest MP Asot Michael who was a government minister transiting that country at the time he was detained. The government had previously confirmed that Michael was the holder of a diplomatic passport at…

NFL investigating claims that Winston groped female Uber driver

Source: Antigua Observer The NFL is investigating an allegation that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in March 2016. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington that the “allegation was shared with the NFL and we have reached out to Uber to request any information they may…

UPP Demands Immediate ABEC Compliance and Voter Education Campaign in Open Letter to Commission

Source: Antigua Chronicle ABEC’s failure to comply with the law and facilitate voter registration in all 17 constituencies, is a breach of the law and a form of disenfranchisement against our citizens. The UPP demands immediate ABEC compliance in decentralizing the registration process by November 30, 2017. Failure to follow the law, will result in UPP…

Child found hanging in All Saints

Source: Antigua Observer A 12-year-old boy was found hanging in his All Saints, Mack Pond, home this afternoon. The police confirmed the child was pronounced dead and it is a case of suspected suicide. Investigators are on the scene and they say the child’s name is being withheld until his family members have…

JAMAICA-CRIME-Police seize drugs in container from Suriname

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 17, CMC – Jamaica police have seized J$30 million (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.008 cents) worth of cocaine at a wharf in the capital after a container arrived here from Suriname on Thursday. No one has been arrested in connection with the discovery. Police said law enforcement authorities including…

“Butch” Steward Receives Inaugural Hospitality Jamaica Award

Source: Antigua Chronicle ~The Chairman of the Luxury-Included Resort Company Received First-Ever Pioneer Award at the RJRGleaner Communications Group Hospitality Jamaica Awards~ Chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, was honored this past weekend at the 2017 RJRGleaner Communications Group Hospitality Jamaica Awards with the inaugural Pioneer Award at the…

U.K. gov’t urged to do more for Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer Officials of the opposition Labour Party in the United Kingdom are calling on the Theresa May-administration to do more to help Barbuda rebuild for the long term after Hurricane Irma. The call came after Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn along with, Shadow International Development Secretary Kate Osamor and Shadow Home Secretary…

Election League to hold mock elections next year

Source: Antigua Observer By Theresa Gordon theresa.gordon@antiguaobserver.com The Free and Fair Election League is preparing to host yet another mock election exercise to test the pulse of voters in Antigua and Barbuda. George Rick James, Secretary of the League, is also hoping to use the exercise to encourage local authorities to use electronic…

Superbugs pose dire threat – health officials

Source: Antigua Observer One health official believes that the indiscriminate use of antibiotics could see life heading back to “the dark ages” as bugs become more resistant to the drugs. The dire warning came from Alfred Athill, the director of Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health, who was speaking on OBSERVER AM about the…

Bird-Browne’s candidacy makes for interesting times

Source: Antigua Observer While the thought of another Bird in Antigua and Barbuda politics may be eagerly anticipated by labour party supporters, some observers have turned their attention to the possible implications should the prime minister’s wife, Maria Bird-Browne, enter public office. Regional political analyst Peter Wickham said during a panel discussion on…

US sanctions on Venezuela hurting Jamaica – Energy Minister

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov. 16, CMC – Energy Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley says the sanctions imposed on Venezuela by United States administration, have had a negative impact on Jamaica. In a statement in Parliament earlier this week, Wheatley disclosed that over the past year Jamaica has been receiving “minimal or no…

Under-fire commission chairman hits out at new legislation

Source: Antigua Observer HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov 16, CMC  – The sacking of lawyer Alan Dunch as chairman of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission, an independent body, is on the cards after government introduced fresh legislation giving Tourism Minister Jamahl Simmons the power to remove him. Dunch has branded new legislation giving politicians power…

Conroy Jones Surrenders

Source: Antigua Chronicle Wounding suspect, Conroy “Connie” Jones of Ottos, was charged by the police on Wednesday with Wounding with intent to Murder. On Tuesday, Jones surrendered himself to the police, two months after he went into hiding, for allegedly wounding his children’s mother. He was at the time accompanied by his attorney.…

CDB joins global partnership to combat climate change

Source: Antigua Chronicle BONN, Germany –The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has joined a coalition of developing and developed countries and international institutions, which have committed to combatting climate change and adapting to its effects. On November 14, on the margins of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), the Bank was announced as one…

CDB, CARICOM committed to Regional development through data revolution

Source: Antigua Chronicle With efforts firmly set on reaching targets laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Caribbean Development Bank has pledged its continued support to an area particularly critical to the Region’s growth – statistics. This focus complements the Region’s Action Plan for Statistics (APS), designed to aid in collecting…

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